Trail Name: Pacific Crest Trail Onyx to Cushenberry
Total Distance: 13.2 miles one way
Overview: Long and diverse hike along beautiful Pacific Crest Trail.
Difficulty: The trail itself is easy to moderate; doing the entire section in a day is difficult.
Activities: Hiking, horseback riding. Remember; no bikes on PCT.
Trail Type: 100% singletrack.
Description: A long and gorgeous stroll down the Pacific Crest Trail that showcases the diversity of Big Bear. Starting at the top of Onyx Summit with views of San Gorgonio, the trail rapidly drops into a riparian valley and follows the beginnings of Arrastre Creek. The next change of scenery comes as you cross the creek one last time and traverse a rocky section opening up onto views of the Big Horn Wilderness Area. Follow this down past the community of Erwin Lake and drop into Baldwin Lake. Admire the Joshua Trees and then stare at the expansive views overlooking Lucerne Valley and beyond. Finish with a short climb up to Cushenberry Summit and Highway 18.
Possible Loops / Variations: You can piece this together in smaller sections and invent multiple loops. If you do it in a very long day (or overnight backpack) make certain you have plenty of water and a ride back up to Onyx Summit.
Trailhead and Parking: Plenty of parking at both Onyx and Cushenberry Summits.
Trail Etiquette: Always be courteous to other trail users. All users yield to equestrians, with cyclists also yielding to hikers. Travel only at safe speeds, and stay on designated trails to protect our fragile mountain environment.
For Your Safety: Notify someone of your planned route and estimated time of return. Outdoor activities can be dangerous; use caution at all times and be prepared with water, food, and adequate equipment and knowledge. The Big Bear Valley Trails Foundation provides this description as a courtesy, and does not guarantee the accuracy of the information. You accept all responsibility for your outdoor activities.
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